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http://gcq.sagepub.com Gifted Child Quarterly DOI: 10.1177/0016986207302723 2007; 51; 285 Gifted Child Quarterly Tracy L. Cross, Kristie L. Speirs Neumeister and Jerrell C. Cassady Psychological Types of Academically Gifted Adolescents http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/51/3/285 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: National Association for Gifted Children can be found at: Gifted Child Quarterly Additional services and information for http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://gcq.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/51/3/285 Citations by Katherine Prammer on April 21, 2009 http://gcq.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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285 Gifted Child Quarterly Volume 51 Number 3 Summer 2007 285-294 © 2007 National Association for Gifted Children 10.1177/0016986207302723 http://gcq.sagepub.com hosted at http://online.sagepub.com Psychological Types of Academically Gifted Adolescents Tracy L. Cross Kristie L. Speirs Neumeister Jerrell C. Cassady Ball State University Abstract: This study provides descriptive information about the psychological types of a sample of 931 gifted ado- lescents who attended a public residential academy. Psychological types are assessed with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI reports on four pairs of personality types: Extraversion/Introversion (E/I), Sensing/Intuition (S/N), Thinking/Feeling (T/F), and Judging/Perceiving (J/P). Overall, the most common types reported by this sample were INTJ, INTP, INFP, ENFP, and ENTP. Comparisons between gifted and norming sam- ples are reported. Gender differences for the gifted sample were found on E/I, with males orienting toward I and females orienting toward E. Gender-specific comparisons between gifted and norming samples reveal that gifted females had a greater tendency toward I and T, and gifted males had a greater tendency for I. Overall, both genders in the gifted sample tended to be NP types. Putting the Research to Use: The findings of the present study regarding psychological type and gifted students have several important implications for educators. A similarity between gifted students’ and teachers’ personality types enables teachers to provide the type of instruction that appears to fit with gifted students’ learning styles: theory based, logical analysis, abstract concepts, problem solving, and open discussion. Likewise, a mismatch of type between gifted students and their teachers may lead to difficulties in the classroom as gifted students with Intuition and Perceiving preferences may feel misunderstood and unchallenged by their teachers who are less likely to have this type combination. To address this concern, administrators may want to consider offering professional development sessions that
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